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Tazewell Republican, Tazewell, VA
Death Notice of Andrew Jackson Porter

November 29, 1906


Andrew J. Porter, Wealthy Farmer, Called to His Door and Shot to Death


Frightened Woman Hid Under Porch and Was Not Injured - Murderer Went in Home and Fired Fatal Shots into Body of Victim - Robbed House of Money and Escaped.

Bristol, Tenn., Nov. 26. - Details of the sensational murder of Andrew J. Porter, a wealthy farmer, who resided near Nickelsville, Scott county, Va., have reached here.

On Saturday night Porter went to his door in response to a knock. Upon opening the door he was seized by a young man who declared that he had come to kill him.

The stranger fired upon Porter, wounding him, in the presence of his wife. He then started after Mrs. Porter, but she fled from the room and concealed herself under the porch. Losing trace of her the young man returned to the room and fired two more shots into Porter's body, killing him.

The murderer carried away the dead man's pocketbook and $40.

Mrs. Porter declares she did not know the murderer, and thinks she never saw him before.

No motive except robbery is known.

The officers are investigating the tragedy, and it is said they have a young man of the county under suspicion.

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